DCC concerned by Hide’s call for transparency if it means producing more reports

From the can you believe it file…

### ODT Online Fri, 16 Apr 2010
Hide’s call for transparency baffles council
By Chris Morris
A plan by Minister for Local Government Rodney Hide to force councils across New Zealand to open their books in new ways has been questioned by Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin. Mr Hide used part of his address to yesterday’s Sister Cities New Zealand Conference in Dunedin to outline plans for a new financial reporting system for local authorities. Under the new regime, council staff would be required to prepare pre-election financial reports every three years, providing ratepayers with simplified explanations of expenditure over the previous term and plans for the next term.

The move aimed to encourage greater understanding of council finances by ratepayers, who would then be in a better position to “put hard questions” to their elected representatives, Mr Hide said.

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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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2 responses to “DCC concerned by Hide’s call for transparency if it means producing more reports

  1. Russell Garbutt

    The point that Minister Hide seemed to be making was not that more reports would be required, but new ways of reporting to make Councils more transparent were required.

    That is clear in the ODT report, but interestingly the immediate reaction from the DCC is to say that different reporting will cost more. Why wouldn’t a Council want to be transparent to those that are paying for them?

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Fri, 30 Apr 2010
      Plan deemed a double-up
      By David Loughrey
      Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has introduced an amendment to rules surrounding local government transparency and financial management, but its effect, if it gets through Parliament, seems anything but clear at this stage.
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